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Home History The 1947 Flood in Miami Springs

The 1947 Flood in Miami Springs

Special contribution from the Miami Springs Historical Society

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Miami Springs Circle during the flood of Sept 17, 1947 – Photo Courtesy Miami Springs Historical Society

This photo shows the Miami Springs Circle during the flood of Sept 17, 1947 caused by Hurricane VI. It was shot from the 2nd floor of John Stadnik’s newly opened pharmacy & luncheonette. Notice kids playing in the two canoes & waving to the photographer. If you were lucky enough to live on high ground you quickly became aware of the multitude of snakes that lived in Miami Springs at that time. My childhood friend John Drake (RIP) who grew up at 340 Rosedale Drive had a venomous Cotton Mouth Moccasin wrapped around the front doorknob of his house. 51 people died (17 in Florida) as a result of Hurricane VI.

Miami Springs Circle during the flood of Sept 17, 1947 – Photo Courtesy Miami Springs Historical Society

It’s interesting to see the entire interior of the Circle water logged.  You’ll notice the lamp posts were very different at the time.  And there were several Coconut Palm Trees on the Circle.  We were informed by Mary Ann Goodlet-Taylor years ago that a nasty case of lethal yellowing wiped out nearly all of the Coconut Palms in Miami Springs.

Visit the Miami Springs Historical Society and Museum  The Miami Springs Historical Society is located at 501 East Drive in Miami Springs.

Miami Springs Historical Society Museum

Address:
501 East Drive
Miami Springs, FL 33166

Directions: 

From the Palmetto, exit at NW 36th Street and head East on NW 36th Street.  Continue East on NW 36th Street and make a left hand turn (North) on East Drive.  Continue North until you reach 501 East Drive.

From I-95, take I-95 to State Road 112 Westbound.  Exit State Road 112 at NW 36th Street.  Continue west on NW 36th Street until you reach East Drive.  Make a right hand turn at East Drive (North).  Continue North on East Drive until you reach 501 East Drive.

From Hialeah, take Okeechobee Road until you reach East 4th Avenue.  Turn south on East 4th Avenue and cross the bridge into Miami Springs.  Take the center lane and continue south onto East Drive.  You’ll see Stafford Park on your left hand side and then the entrance to the Museum Parking lot at 501 East Drive.

Map to the Miami Springs Historical Society

Miami Springs Historical Museum Hours

The Museum is open each Saturday (except Christmas & New Years) from 12 Noon to 4 pm.

To help support our Members and volunteers’ efforts, we ask for a suggested minimum donation of $8 when visitors arrive (MS Historical Society members, and children under the age of 12 accompanied by an adult, are admitted free to this program).

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